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The Rise of Huffington Post

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Arianna huffington small square HuffPo launches Arianna Huffington launches group blog, Huffington Post, with former AOL exec Kenneth Lerer and MIT grad Jonah Peretti. The move gets mixed reaction, given her visible role on the politics and celebrity stages. (Photo courtesy of By World Economic Forum [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Nuvola apps laptop pcmcia small square HuffPo wins Webby Award Huffington Post wins a 2006 Webby Award for Political Blog. (Photo courtesy of David Vignoni (http://icon-king.com) [LGPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html) or LGPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Dollar teken small square HuffPo dabbles in venture capital funding Huffington Post receives $5 million investment from venture capital firms like Softbank Capital and Greycroft Partners, to be used for business expansion. Softbank executive Eric Hippeau would eventually become CEO of HuffPo. (Photo courtesy of (URW)++ Design & Development (Wilinckx at nl.wikipedia) (Transferred from nl.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)
Timeline small square HuffPo says it's going indy HuffPo hires Newsweek journalist Melinda Henneberger as political editor and announces plans to start independent reporting, in addition to opinion and aggregated news content.
Farm fresh comment edit small square HuffPo rewards top commenters Huffington Post announces that the users who leave the most comments on HuffPo content will become featured bloggers for the site.
Nuvola apps laptop pcmcia small square HuffPo nets another Webby Award Huffington Post receives another Webby Award for Political Blog. (Photo courtesy of David Vignoni (http://icon-king.com) [LGPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html) or LGPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Huffpochicago2 small square HuffPo Chicago launches Huffington Post launches its first local news site in Chicago, embracing the hyperlocal news trend and extending its advertising strategy to the local level.
Dollar teken small square HuffPo strikes it rich again Reports announce that Arianna Huffington has raised $15 million in fundraising from investors for even further expansion of Huffington Post. HuffPo would eventually raise a total of $35 million in capital investments. (Photo courtesy of (URW)++ Design & Development (Wilinckx at nl.wikipedia) (Transferred from nl.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)
Timeline small square Huffington keeps citizen blogging in the family Arianna Huffington brings her godson, Matthew Palevsky, on board to run the site's citizen journalism project, OffTheBus, which attracted 12,000 contributors during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Huffpoinvestigative small square HuffPo Investigative Fund launches Arianna Huffington announces a new nonprofit fund to support investigative journalism by HuffPo staff and freelancers.
White house small square HuffPo reporter gets White House press pass Huffington Post causes a stir when staff reporter Nico Pitney is called on during a press conference by President Obama to ask a seemingly staged question.
Huffpodenver small square HuffPo Denver launches Huffington Post launches its Denver site, keeping in its recent tradition of hyperlocal news.
Timeline small square HuffPo gets a new president and revenue officer Huffington Post hires former Yahoo and AOL exec, Greg Coleman, as President and Chief Revenue Officer. Coleman was let go from AOL soon after Tim Armstrong took over as Chairman and CEO.
Huffpola small square HuffPo Los Angeles launches Huffington Post launches its Los Angeles site.
Twitter logo initial small square HuffPo implements sponsored Tweets Huffington Post starts selling placement ads within comments section of articles and includes sponsored messages in the site's live Twitter feed. (Photo coutesy of en:User:GageSkidmore, modified by User:Cpro (Own work, modified from File:Twitter logo.svg)
Twitter logo initial small square HuffPo Twitter site launches Huffington Post launches a Twitter-specific site, as its "latest integration of social media." Some say it's HuffPo's way of directing content to social media users and competing with Facebook. (Photo coutesy of GageSkidmore, modified by User:Cpro (Own work, modified from File:Twitter logo.svg) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)
Farm fresh comments small square HuffPo tackles comment backlog Huffington Post acquires Adaptive Semantics to help moderate the more than 100,000 comments posted to its site daily. (Photo coutesy of FatCow Web Hosting (http://www.fatcow.com/free-icons/) [CC-BY-3.0-us (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Stack of money small square HuffPo posts first annual profit Huffington Post execs report an annual profit of $30 million and say they hope to triple their sales gain in the coming years. (Photo courtesy of By FBI Buffalo Field Office (http://buffalo.fbi.gov/images/c3.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Farm fresh aol mail small square AOL buys HuffPo AOL acquires Huffington Post for $315 million; Arianna Huffington takes charge of editorial content as president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group. As of February 2011, the Huffington Post is ranked 31 for website traffic in the U.S. (Photo courtesy of FatCow Web Hosting (http://www.fatcow.com/free-icons/) [CC-BY-3.0-us (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons)
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